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This text redresses several inadequacies typical of other 20th-century U.S. history texts with an introductory chapter that covers Reconstruction through the 1900s, providing valuable context and background for students. Coverage throughout the text is balanced chronologically, regionally, and culturally. The effects of multiculturalism and immigration on U.S. society, and the conflicting traditions of each, are discussed.
Note: Every chapter includes a Conclusion and Further Reading. 1. On Edge: America Approaches the Twentieth Century The West of the Imagination and of Reality Reconstruction and Race Forces of Change: Industrialization, Immigration, and Urbanization The New Immigration and the New City National Politics 2. Progressivism and the Search for Order, 1900-1917 Reformers Search for Justice and Order Contradictions and Schisms Progressivism and National Politics 3. World Power and World War, 1898-1920 A Great Power The Great War Wilson's New Diplomacy and the Aftermath of War 4. Modern America and Its Discontents: The 1920s The Consumer Society The Politics of Normalcy From Reform to Recreation Modernism's Discontents The Boom Unravels 5. Depression and New Deal, 1929-1940 Onset of the Depression Roosevelt and the Origins of the New Deal The New Deal in Action, 1933-1937 6. The Restoration and Collapse of World Order, 1921-1941 Security, Disarmament, and Economic Expansion in the 1920's Coping with Nationalism, Instability, and Revolution Depression Diplomacy Neutrality The Approach of War American Entry into World War II 7. The Second World War and the Remaking of America, 1941-1945 America and the World Crisis War on the Home Front Domestic Politics in Time of War Truman, The Atomic Bomb, and Victory 8. America and the Cold War, 1945-1960 Origins of the Cold War Expanding Dimensions of the Cold War A New Look: Eisenhower Takes Command 9. America at Home, 1945-1960 The Affluent Society The Politics of Moderation Cracks in the Picture Window Continuing Struggles: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Eisenhower's Second-Term Blues 10. The Triumph and Tragedy of Liberalism, 1960-1968 Kennedy and the New Frontier Johnson and the Great Society 11. The Vietnam Quagmire, 1961-1968 The Growth of American Commitment in Vietnam, 1945-1964 Escalation of the War The Rise of Dissent and the Collapse of the Cold War Consensus The Election of 1968 12. Cultural Revolutions, 1960-1980 From Civil Rights to Black Power SDS and the Rise of the New Left The Counterculture 1968: A Year of Cataclysm and Its Aftermath The Rise of the New Feminism Legacies of Cultural and Political Dissent 13. A Crisis of Confidence and Some New Opportunities, 1969-1980 Foreign Policy During the Nixon Administration An Assessment of Foreign Policy During the Nixon Years Domestic Policy During the Nixon Administration Social and Economic Changes During the 1970s The Ford and Carter Administrations 14. Illusion and Renewal: Conservatism Ascendant, 1980-1992 The Reagan Era Civil Rights and Conservative Justice From the New Cold War to the New World Order The 1988 Election The Bush Presidency at Home 15. Rumblings of the Future The Economy A Nation of Suburbs The Globalization of America Environmental Worries The Election of 1992 Clinton's First Term